Jennifer Hast is a long-time friend of many of the North Texas Troublemakers. She's often worked with Jim Curtis on organizing fundraisers for others. Now she needs our help. All funds raised will go directly to Jennifer to help her bridge the gap created by the recovery time, and allow her to focus on healing.
I was diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer on January the 13th. Friday the 13th, for the superstitious out there. My radiologist noted something was off in my annual mammogram on Monday, December 12th. Did a follow-up on Thursday, December 15th which consisted of a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. There was definitely something there so she did a breast MRI with contrast on Monday, December 19th. On Thursday, January 12th, she did an MRI guided biopsy, and I had my diagnosis on Friday.
This triggered my amazing team of doctors and other medical professionals to begin a plan of action. Given my family history, both my mother and sister are cancer survivors, I have opted for bilateral mastectomy with DIEP Flap reconstruction. If I'm going to have to do this, I only want to do it once and this gives me the greatest reduction in the chance of recurrence. It's terrifying and expensive and recovery will take a full month of no work. Between medical expenses, household expenses, and other incidentals, this will hit our household hard. I work in sales and am paid hourly plus commissions. This all comes as I was in the process of launching my own business, but it is not yet up and running. I just finished my Masters in Accounting and was planning to sit for CPA exams this spring, but that's been delayed for obvious reasons.
I don't know if it has spread. I've got a lymph node biopsy scheduled this Friday, January 27 to find out. The major surgery is scheduled for Monday, February 6th.
Ask me anything. I'm an open book.
I'm doing my best to keep my chin up. Making jokes about my 'killer rack' and such.